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“Second visit . . . and there will be a third.” 5 of 5 stars
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Laurel Lodge
PO Box 1011, PO Box 1011, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425   |  
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Pennsylvania
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“Second visit . . . and there will be a third.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This was our second visit to the historical Laurel Lodge. Our first visit was much different - since it was a few years ago and in the month of August. During that visit we adored sitting on the expansive back porch taking in the peace & train whistles. My husband I agreed that we would have to return during the winter time. This time we visited as a family right after the New Years holiday. This was a much different visit. This time we could enjoy the inside of the Laurel Lodge more . . . the fireplaces and common rooms. It started snowing the minute we arrived and snowed for the next 24 hours. We made the (smart) decision to walk down into Harpers Ferry that first night for dinner and left our car parked at the B&B.

Chris and Ed do an outstanding job! The Laurel Lodge is comfortable, extremely clean, large bedrooms with luxurious bed linens. Their breakfasts are beyond artistic and yummy. They even graciously honored our daughters request for gluten free choices - on very short notice - since we booked two days before our arrival.

My husband and I travel to a lot of B&B's. One thing to keep in mind if you are a B&B traveler, you are, most times, staying at the owners' home. I always try to remember and note this fact when we are checking out . . . thanking the owners for letting us stay in "their" home.

Yes, you will hear the train whistle from the valley below. But that is part of the charm of Harpers Ferry. If you are going to Harpers Ferry in the winter, be advised that many of the stores/eateries run on their own schedule. In other words they may be open, they may not. But since we were looking for a few days to reconnect as a family, sitting around playing games in front of the fire was right up our alley. Be sure to check out the AT Headquarters. Even with the extreme cold, we walked down into HF, did a short walk on the AT, and checked out the Headquarters.

Spring, Summer, Fall, or winter you can't go wrong with the Laurel Lodge at Harpers Ferry.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Laurel Lodge was the perfect place to stay in Harpers Ferry - an amazing view from the Cedar Room and the verandah. We were overlooking the Potomac and looking out on the Blue Ridge Mts and hearing an atmospheric train whisle in the trees below.It's obvious Chris and Ed take pride in their enterprise , with unusual gourmet choices for breakfast , homemade cookies etc. The house itself is a tourist attraction and Chris was very helpful with our itinerary especially our route to Antietam battlefield which led us thro' some "deliverance" type woodlands. We had a most enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: The Cedar Room has the great Potomac view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Laurel Lodge
Harpers Ferry, WV

On a recent trip to Harpers Ferry
(Where car or Amtrak will you carry)
Twas there we stopped to spend the night.
See the Potomac from great height

Right from the Laurel Lodge’s porch
Where too you see the hills and gorge
While down below an engine moans
In mournful and in muted tones.

The lodge itself, it must be seen!
Twas the Mayor’s home in ’14.
With different woods the lodge was built.
With sturdy furniture it was filled

To which the landlord, without haste,
Has added pieces in good taste -
Such as the beds, chairs with straight backs
He found in the DEErondacks.

So if you go to Harpers Ferry
For biz, or make a bit of merry,
Stop at the Laurel B&B
You’ll find their breakfast… Well, you’ll see!

The Hungry Poet 2013

Room Tip: Probably a room at the back would have the best view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We spent one night at the B&B, great setting super accommodations, very pleasant owner and staff. Mid week stay, enjoyed the common room, very interesting discussion with one other guest. The setting is very good, a bit out of the way but not that bad. Slow night as none of the interesting restaurants in HF were open, a bit disappointing.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Our children treated us to a weekend away for our 30th wedding anniversary. Laurel Lodge could not have been a more special retreat for us. A red rose, chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne awaited us in our room. Over our two day stay we spent a good deal of time simply sipping wine, content with the scenery from the Cedar View Room. The back porch was a true luxury with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance and the Potomac River beneath. We spotted a bald eagle while drinking hot cocoa and nibbling on some of Ed's delicious maple cookies. The home with a history of its own has been lovingly and meticulously restored. Everything throughout the house is carefully placed and spaced to ensure the utmost ambiance.

To come to this place and escape from the stresses of an otherwise hectic schedule was an unexpected and welcome gift. Our stay at Laurel Lodge was blissful beyond words only added to by the gracious gentleness of the innkeepers Chris and Ed. The breakfasts are beautifully presented and heavenly to the taste. They are gourmet in every aspect and the coffee is divine.

If you get a chance, venture to Elk Mountain Trails and go for a horseback ride. The horses are well cared for and the guides friendly and professional. It's a pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon particularly when you can return to the sanctuary of Laurel Lodge which embraces you with warmth and comfort.

Our stay at Laurel Lodge will be fondly remembered for years to come. It is truly a haven...quiet, restful, restorative and inviting. It is a place good and healing for the body, spirit and soul. Everything from the linens on the bed to the rosemary scented soap in the bathroom to the smells of fresh coffee wafting up the stairs and beckoning you to breakfast are elements of this elegant lodge and its thoughtful owners. A stay at Laurel Lodge is one to cherish.

Room Tip: You can see the rooms on their website. The Cedar View Room has its own bathroom. If you get a room...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We spent one night at the Laurel Lodge and enjoyed our stay immensely. Chris, the innkeeper, greeted us upon our arrival. He gave us a tour of the house, told us about the history of the building and the various amenities and then showed us to our rooms. Our room was spacious with lovely views of the valley below. The bed linens were luxurious and the bed was comfortable. Our room had a TV and the Wi-Fi was as good as it gets - better than my high speed wireless home network! The porch was an inviting place to relax and to enjoy the amazing view. The house is beautifully cared for and everything is immaculate.

There was a wonderful chocolate tart waiting for us after our return from dinner as well as hot and cold drinks available anytime we wanted and the comfort of gas fireplaces to enjoy in the public rooms. We had dinner in one of the restaurants suggested by Chris which we thoroughly enjoyed. The living room had several newspapers and magazines from which to choose. Breakfast the following morning was scrumptious and the presentation was beautiful. Chris served some of the best coffee we've ever tasted. As well, he was genuinely interested in what our plans were for the day of our departure and offered some welcome information which helped make our trip very pleasant.

My husband and I thought that the hospitality and accommodations were simply wonderful and the attention to detail abounded. Chris truly made us feel "at home". Do not miss this place when you are in the area.

Room Tip: There are trains that run until about midnight which could be heard in the distance, but I love the...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Easton, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The inn is tucked into a quiet little street with a pretty view. The Lodge is restored with perfect touches. It is pristine clean. The host is gracious and the breakfast incredible. A little extra is delicious home baked treats along with coffee or tea. It couldn't have been nicer in this little rustic town.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Laurel Lodge

Address: PO Box 1011, PO Box 1011, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Harpers Ferry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the history and scenic beauty of Harpers Ferry from this charming B&B. The stone Craftsman bungalow is a short stroll from Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Explore the natural wonders of our area by hiking the Appalachian Trail, biking the C&O Canal or floating down the Shenandoah or Potomac river. Or, simply relax on our wrap-around porch overlooking the Potomac River gorge. ... more   less 

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